"Северяне" ни с того-сего затопили военный корабль "южан". Хотя ещё совсем недавно они первыми бежали в Сеул с инициативами о перемирии. Да, и Вашингтону Пхеньян не раз отправлял месседжи с просьбой о "прямом диалоге".
С точки зрения волюнтаристской "логики" "вождя северян" Ким Чен Ира, нынешняя хулиганская выходка не удивительна. Как правило, такие подлые укольчики не получали продолжения. (А КНДР просто не имеет сил, чтоб продолжать). Естественно, если поставить вопрос об ответственности - КНДР снова присмиреет.
Следует отметить, что за последнее время это не единственный подобный инцидент.
Налицо попытка определённых сил раскачать ситуацию в регионе и попытаться устроить передел в регионе.
В принципе, в АТР все участники имеют разные претензии друг к другу и основания быть недовольными нынешним статус-кво. Но не все участники могут запустить новый передел.
Понятно, проще будет тем странам, кто являются лидерами (-ом) региона. А тяжелее всего доведётся тем, кто слабее.
Роль КНДР в готовящейся схеме - провокативная. Она как "искра, из которой должно возгореться пламя".
Кроме Китая, "ключей" к Пхеньяну больше нет ни у кого. В том числе, у постсоветской России.
В случае передела КНДР рискует стать первой жертвой. "Южане" смогут выиграть новую корейскую войну. Правда, проблем на "освобождённых территориях" у них будет выше крыши.
Тяжёлые испытания ожидают Россию. Японцы намылились сделать решающий прыжок, стремясь отхапать Курилы, Камчатку и Сахалин. Ну, и китайцев активно соблазняют двинуться возвращать земли "монгольских династий".
....Касательно инцидента в Жёлтом море - вряд ли он получит продолжение. Больше похоже на "учения, приближенные к боевым". Стороны отрабатывают разные сценарии и комбинации. Ситуация в АТР поступательно подогревается.
Military on alert as SKorean ship sinks near North
SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean naval ship sank near the disputed maritime border with North Korea early Saturday, prompting the South's military to rush vessels to the site to rescue its sailors and raising fears of an attack by the North.
The ship, on a routine patrolling mission with 104 crew members on board, began sinking off the coast of South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island close to North Korea around 9:45 p.m. (1245 GMT, 8:45 a.m. EDT), Rear Adm. Lee Ki-sik of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters late Friday.
Lee said an unexplained hole in the bottom of the ship caused the vessel to take on water. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that the ship was damaged by an explosion, and said the military had not ruled out the possibility of an attack by North Korea.
A rescue mission was under way. Officials told Yonhap there were some deaths among the sailors but did not specify the number. The military, meanwhile, moved to strengthen its vigilance near the maritime border, the site of three bloody naval clashes between the warring Koreas. The divided peninsula remains in a state of war because the three-year Korean conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953.
Earlier Friday, North Korea's military threatened "unpredictable strikes," including a nuclear attack, in anger over a report that South Korea and the U.S. were preparing for possible instability in the totalitarian country.
After the ship began sinking, President Lee Myung-bak convened an emergency meeting of security-related ministers, including the defense minister and other top military officials. After three hours, they agreed to meet again Saturday without making any statement about the cause of the incident, presidential spokesman Lee Dong-kwan said.
Lee ordered the military to focus on the rescue, he said.
Six naval ships and two coast guard vessels rushed to save the crew, Yonhap said. Rescue helicopters and ambulances also sped to the scene, military officials said.
A naval official told Yonhap there were deaths among the sailors, and the cable network YTN said some 40 crew members were missing. However, military officials told the AP they could not confirm deaths, and said 58 sailors had been rescued, with two being airlifted for emergency medical treatment.
Yonhap reported earlier that a South Korean ship fired shots toward an unidentified target in the direction of North Korea, raising fears of an exchange of gunfire.
The military official confirmed that South Korean torops fired shots but said the object detected by radar may have been a flock of birds.
Senior government officials told South Korean media the ship may not have been the target of an attack, but could have struck a rock or been impaired by an explosive on board.
Baeknyeong Island, four hours by boat from the port of Incheon, is the westernmost point of South Korea and is a key military post for South Korea because of its proximity to the North.
Associated Press writers Jean H. Lee and Hyung-jin Kim contributed to this report.
A South Korean Navy ship was sinking off the west coast near its maritime border with North Korea, officials here said Friday,
Officials also said South Korea fired a shot at an unidentified vessel toward the North.
The 1,500-ton ship carrying 104 crew members went down around 9:45 p.m. near a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea, prompting an emergency meeting of security-related Cabinet ministers.
Seoul's Navy officials refused to give details, but said a South Korean vessel fired at a ship toward the North later in the evening, indicating possibilities of a possible torpedo attack from the North. Local residents reported having heard gunfire for about 10 minutes from 11 p.m.
«The ship appears to have begun sinking after an explosion at the rear of the ship», the Navy said in a statement. «We have been unable to find the exact cause of the incident as of this moment».
A South Korean navy ship with about 100 personnel on board is sinking off the west coast near North Korea.
The exact cause of the sinking was unclear, but an explosion was reported in the rear of the ship.
There was speculation it could have been from a torpedo from the North. The involvement of North Korea has not been confirmed by officials.
More than 50 of the sailors were rescued from near Baengnyeong island by several navy and coastguard vessels.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who has convened an emergency meeting of security officials, had ordered the military to focus on rescuing the sailors, Yonhap news agency reported.
The police force was put on heightened alert in the capital, Seoul.
The 1,200-tonne ship began sinking about 2130 local time (1230 GMT), after an explosion, Yonhap said.
There were reports that another South Korean ship had fired shots toward an unidentified ship in the North following the alleged torpedo attack.
One report, quoting the joint chiefs of staff, said the target turned out to be a flock of birds.
The apparent clash comes at a time of tension between the two Koreas. International talks aimed at ending the communist nation's nuclear ambitions have been stalled for months.
Economic ties between the neighbours have also faltered, with ongoing rows over both cross-border tourism and a joint economic zone at Kaesong.
The disputed sea boundary itself has seen numerous incidents, most recently in January and February.
In January, North Korea fired artillery into the sea near the disputed maritime border, as part of a "military drill". South Korea returned fire, but no injuries were reported.
The following month, North Korea declared four areas near the sea border to be naval firing zones, according to the South Korean military, and deployed multiple rocket launchers close to the frontier.
Deadly naval clashes happened in 1999 and in 2002 and the latest in November 2009 when a fire fight left a North Korean patrol boat in flames and one person dead.
The South Korean vessel alleged that the North Korean vessel had crossed the disputed sea border - a charge North Korea denied.
South Korea recognises the Northern Limit Line, drawn unilaterally by the US-led United Nations Command to demarcate the sea border at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The line has never been accepted by North Korea.